Broken Arrow Man Pleads Guilty To Gratuity Received By Public Official
Muskogee, Oklahoma - The United States Attorney’s Office for the Eastern District of Oklahoma, announced that JEFFREY REESE FISHER, age 37, of Broken Arrow, Oklahoma, pled guilty to an Information charging him with Gratuity Received by a Public Official, in violation of Title 18, United States Code, Sections 201(c)(1)(B) and 2.
The charges arose from an investigation by the United States Department of Veterans Affairs, Office of Inspector General.
The Information alleged that beginning in April 2009 and continuing through March 2010, the defendant, a public official as an employee of the Department of Veterans Affairs, otherwise than as provided by law for the proper discharge of official duties, directly and indirectly did demand, seek, receive, accept and agree to receive and accept something of value personally for and because of an official act performed and to be performed by such official, that is FISHER, as Chief of Prosthetics for the Veterans Affairs Hospital in Muskogee, Oklahoma, solicited Al’s Medical, Muskogee, Oklahoma, a medical supply company doing business with the Veterans Affairs Hospital in Muskogee, Oklahoma, to pay for construction and remodeling work on FISHER’s private residence.
The Honorable Kimberly E. West, Magistrate Judge in the United States District Court for the Eastern District of Oklahoma, accepted the defendant’s guilty plea, and ordered the completion of a presentence report. Sentencing will be scheduled upon its completion. The defendant remains on bond pending sentencing.
The statutory range of punishment is not more than 2 years imprisonment and/or a fine of up to $250,000.00.
First Assistant United States Attorney Doug Horn represented the United States.